The Rising Cost of Spare Tyres
Article published on 10th June 2008
If you have a thick waist, spare tyres or a bit of a pot-belly, ignoring it is a far graver issue than completely writing off the idea of insurance. If getting yourself some income protection insurance or critical illness cover protects you against the unforeseen problems with your job and health (two issues that are often related), taking care of your widening waistband could actually prevent those 'unforeseen' problems from ever happening in the first place.
This year dementia has been added to the list of already identified health risks associated with the presence of fat around the torso, and indeed researchers from Harvard University and the US National Institutes of Health reported earlier this year that Caucasian women with excess fat around their waists are not only at a higher risk of death from heart disease than more trim Caucasian women, but they are also more likely to suffer terminal cancer as well.
Dr. Daniel Eitzman, laboratory scientist and a professor of cardiology at the University of Michigan has said that we need to pay more attention to "central fat" around our waists, and that we should be "more aggressive about trying to lose that fat", even if it's just a few extra inches that we normally ignore.
The doctor has even pointed out that "You could be actually normal weight and have a large waist circumference or an elevated waist-to-hip ratio and still be at risk" of contracting fatal ailments.
The list goes on. Tubby waistlines have also been identified as being fundamentally linked with other health issues, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. For whatever reason, if you store fat more on your thighs or hips the problems are less acute than if you do on your belly or waist.
So regardless of how close we are to the correct weight for our height, and irrespective of a general level of fitness, if we have tubby bellies or 'love-handles' the message from the medical profession seems to be lose them!
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